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Bill Moen (Fels ’11) Elected To Camden County Board of Freeholders

December 11, 2015

It has been a long run since March, but for Bill Moen (Fels ’11), the race is over and the staffer for U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) will be an elected official in his own right. 

Bill, at age 28, was elected to the Camden County Board of Freeholders in November on the Democratic ticket. He will be the youngest to hold the office in nearly thirty years. 

“It is a tremendous honor and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to serve,” said Moen, who graduated from the Fels executive MPA program in 2011.

A Camden County native, Moen was born and raised in the region he now represents. While working for Sen. Booker, Moen decided the time was right to offer himself for consideration on the Democratic slate of freeholders. He will serve with six others on the board.

With the election over, Moen’s focus is on issues. “It’s about creating jobs,” he said. “It’s about supporting policies that are already bringing new jobs and industry to Camden County. It’s about expanding vocational and educational opportunities to prepare our residents for jobs in a 21st century economy.”

After that, Moen says quality of life issues are his next biggest focus. “Camden has a lot to be proud of, and we are going to continue that,” he said. “We are embracing a new model of community policing in the City of Camden that was recently recognized by President Obama. We are working to enhance our well-recognized county parks system. We are continuing work to make college affordable for our county's residents through partnerships with our local universities.”

Reflecting on his time at Fels, Moen said one of the most helpful courses was taught by Philadelphia’s Mayor-elect, Jim Kenney.  

“He and John Hawkins taught an Urban Government and Action course,” Moen said. “They emphasized the importance of local government and its ability to impact residents’ lives. Every week they brought in someone from a different part of city government. These included outstanding leaders like Mayor Nutter and Police Commissioner Ramsey. Each gave a broader perspective that showed how all these pieces came together to make government work.”

Another Fels class, also taught by a Philadelphia mayor, also stood out.

“I really liked Gov. Ed Rendell’s Science of Politics course,” Moen said. “It was exceedingly helpful in a way that was very similar to how Mayor-elect Kenney taught his class: bring in actual practitioners and get it straight from them.”

Moen will be sworn in Jan. 4, 2016.

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